Todd McGovern

Patty Hearst and Tom Matthews

I Was Kidnapped by Patty Hearst: The Tom Matthews Story

On a Thursday afternoon in mid-May 1974, in the small city of Lynwood, California, 18-year-old high school senior Tom Matthews answered a knock on the door. Outside stood a short-haired brunette in her twenties, who inquired about the Ford Econoline van for sale. In a matter of minutes, “Emily” was behind the wheel, with Tom sitting shotgun in the front passenger seat. It was then that Tom Matthews’ life took a turn.
The Muffs

POKIN’ AROUND WITH THE MUFFS

LA's Favorite Power-Pop Trio on the Secrets of Longevity - by Todd McGovern - I’ve been a fan of The Muffs since their eponymous release in 1993, drawn by the power of their staccato pop songs, catchy lyrics and of course, Kim Shattuck’s sweet voice and guttural trademark scream.

THE GOSPEL OF BOB DYLAN

by Todd McGovern - It’s been said that it happened in a Tucson hotel room in 1978, when Jesus first visited Bob Dylan. Dylan later said that he “sensed a presence in the room that couldn’t have been anybody but Jesus…the glory of the Lord knocked me down and picked me up.”

PROTO-PUNK PIONEER: AN INTERVIEW WITH RADIO BIRDMAN’S DENIZ TEK

by Todd McGovern - Power and high-energy are two of the more accurate descriptors of Radio Birdman and the music of Tek’s childhood in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “It was an amazing place to grow up. Talk about being spoiled! It’s 1968 – 1969, you know. I’m only sixteen-years-old and I can’t go to bars, but I could see all this great music in the parks. Free concerts every Sunday afternoon in the summer with great local bands like the MC5 and the Stooges.